GE Plastics and GM Present the Chevy Voltage, A New Generation of Electric Vehicles


Its been nearly 100 years, but Thomas Edisons belief in electricity as a viable propulsion system for automobiles is one step closer to reality due to the efforts of General Motors and General Electric. Recently, GE participated in General Motors unveiling of its newest concept vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, here at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The Volts E-Flex flexible propulsion system offers a global blended range of transportation energy solutions to regional energy issues and driving behavior.

GE Plastics played the role of a strategic partner in enabling the design and development of the Chevrolet Volt, by contributing the key materials technology to reduce part weight up to 50 percent and design engineering support to help position the vehicle as a way to help the world diversify its energy sources and to reduce the dependence on petroleum.

In the United States alone, almost half the households have a daily mileage of less than 30 miles per day. The Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle is capable of 40 miles of pure electrical vehicle driving, which according to the Environmental Protection Agency, means that, for most city drivers, the Chevrolet Volt will use little or no gasoline. In the spirit of ecomagination(1), GE Plastics differentiated technologies helped reduce the weight on the Volt and optimize its fuel efficiency so that drivers can now skip the pump to extend their mileage and increase savings.

GMs commitment to improving fuel economy, reducing vehicle emissions, and developing electrically-driven vehicles is facilitated with GE Plastics weight-reduction technologies on the Chevrolet Volt concept car. We were able to take mass out of the Volt in order to optimize its overall efficiency, said General Motors vice president of Global Program Management, Jon Lauckner. Through the independent auditor, GreenOrder, we were also able to see clear positive environmental results from working with GE Plastics, said Lauckner.

GEs history and leadership in technology innovation led to this great opportunity to collaborate with GM on the Volt, said Gregory A. Adams, vice president for the Automotive business at GE Plastics. We were able to help GM to develope this environmentally-responsible vehicle with outstanding performance, strength, and style. Together with GM, we assembled a joint project team to drive forward the development of this monumental new electric vehicle.

GEs fuel saving technologies showcased on the Chevy Volt include:

  • Roof made with Lexan(1) GLX resins and Exatec(2) coating technology
  • Rear deck lid and fixed side glazing made with Lexan GLX resins and Exatec coating technology
  • Doors and hood made with Xenoy iQ(1) high performance thermoplastic composites (HPPC)
  • Global energy absorber and hybrid rear energy absorbers with Xenoy iQ resins
  • Steering wheel and instrument panel with integrated airbag chute made with Lexan EXL resins
  • Front fenders made with Noryl GTX(1) resins
  • Wire coating made with Flexible Noryl(1) resins

GE is driving the next generation of materials: greener, lighter, with aesthetically better properties that enable customers, such as GM to create vehicles with a reduced environmental impact, said Adams. This effort builds upon each companys long-standing commitment to help improve the environment and we are pleased to be working on such a visionary project.

Via: (General Electric)

Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.


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